Level of Difficulty

We have listed a bit of information about fitness levels so that you can get some idea of how fit you will need to be to complete all of scheduled rides on cycling tour for every day.

The rating below is based on your current average speed over undulating and relatively flat terrain. Of course your average speed on a climb will be quite different.

Gentle cycling tour is for recreational cyclists.

Weeklong tour, Escape tour and Weekender tour are for for intermediate and advanced cyclists.

Recreational cyclists
Who are able to ride up to 50 km (31 mi) a day at an average of about 15 km/hour (10 mi/hour) and who are able to tackle few and very short climbs.
Intermediate cyclists
Who are easily able to ride up to 80 km (50 mi) a day, at an average of about 20/25 km/hours (12/16 mi/hour) and who are able to tackle some climbs.
Advanced cyclists
Who are easily able to ride 80/100 km (50/62mi) a day, at an average speed of more than 25 km/hour (16 mi/hour) and who are able to tackle many climbs.

Our area is characterized by a continuous up and down. It has a typically hilly and mountainous landscape in the northern part (approx. 1.000 metres a.s.l. - 3,280 feet) and relatively flat (approx. 300 metres a.s.l. - 980 feet ) in the southern part. The average elevation gain is approx. 100 metres - 300 feet metres every 10 km - 6.20 mi.

We've rounded up all the climbs in the Italian-Swiss Lake District.
100+ climbs.
Click on the markers for a pop up with the name of the climb and a link on Strava to more info.

Have a look at: Top 10 toughest road cycling climbs close to Lake Maggiore and Lake Lugano.

For recreational cyclists
You might think that ths is not the place for more relaxed rides or for gentle and slow cycling.
However, we planned itineraries where you can avoid cycling any big hills and medium sized hills as well.
For intermediate and advanced cyclists
The climbs aren't long, generally from 2 km to 10 km (from 1.2 mi to 6.2 mi), but you can tackle them one after the other in succession.